Tall Ships at Sunderland ~ July 2018 ~ Part 3

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE

Finishing up our day visiting the tall ships, here are a few more random pictures I took on the day.

What have these to do with Tall Ships Fraggle? Because UNICORNS!!!

 

Empty Gin Joint ~ what were they thinking?? IT”S SUNDERLAND!!! they don’t know what Gin is unless it’s spelled B.E.E.R! 🤣🤣

 

Media

 

Chimney Sweeper.

 

Tooting Popular Front. Or back.

 

Hope they don’t go over a big wave.

 

Actually the handstand man was part of a shoreside kind of play where himself and a couple of totties ran around half a ships deck, but I have no idea what that was all about.

Handstand man and Totty 1.

 

Scary Totty. Having a bad hair day I think.

 

Three-point turn FAIL!! Several times. 🙄

I think though, my fave shot of the day was looking up at the grey block of flats overlooking the river and seeing this

Making a difference.

 

Stay tooned for a visit to Stockton-on-Tees where we visited the cemetery, and the Butterfly House.

Tall Ships at Sunderland ~ July 2018 ~ part 2

Part 1 Here

Part of the joy in photographing a big event like this, is people watching, and there were plenty of interesting humans for my camera.

Say ‘cheeeeeeze!’ Wait, no, say ice creeeeeem!

 

Fish & chips

 

what shall we do with a drunken sailor…

 

Aye aye Capn’ Boss

 

Where do I start?

 

I’ll keep my head down, no-one will notice me.

 

obliging merchants

 

The SIlver Surfers

 

sharp dressed man

stay tooned for more ships ahoy!

Tall Ships at Sunderland ~ July 2018~ part 1

The History Bit

The Tall Ships Races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles and a “cruise in company” between the legs. Over one half  of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people.

After World War II, tall ships were a dying breed, having lost out to steam-powered ships several decades before. It was a retired solicitor from London, Bernard Morgan, who first dreamed up the idea of bringing young cadets and seamen under training together from around the world to compete in a friendly competition. The Portuguese Ambassador to the UK, Pedro Teotonio Pereira was a huge supporter of this original idea, and believed such a race would bring together the youth of the world’s seafaring peoples.

These two figures started discussions in 1953 and three years later they saw their vision become a reality. The first Tall Ships’ race was held in 1956. It was a race of 20 of the world’s remaining large sailing ships. The race was from Torquay, Devon and Lisbon, and was meant to be a last farewell to the era of the great sailing ships. Public interest was so intense, however, that race organizers founded the Sail Training International association to direct the planning of future events. Since then Tall Ships’ Races have occurred annually in various parts of the world, with millions of spectators. Today, the race attracts more than a hundred ships, among these some of the largest sailing ships in existence, like the Portuguese Sagres.

This year the race Set off from Sunderland with the legs being Esbjerg (Denmark) – Stavanger (Norway) and ending in Harlingen (Netherlands).

Sophie lives in Sunderland, and her chap Mentat was over from Spain, so we all met up to go and see the ships, and I took a few photo’s, of course.

a herd of ships

Most of the ships had information flags on them so we could see where they were from

Dyrafjeld

Dyrafjeld was built in Nordmøre in 1889. The builder was Martinus Olson Ansnes. Initially she was hunted, (not hunted as in catch yourself a boar for dinner, it means she had a mast), but in 1918 she was turned into a galeas (trade vessel) for practical reasons.

Dyrafjeld snout/nose/pointy thing delete as applicable.

Really it’s known as a bowsprit 🙂

and another shot of this lovely old wooden lady from the Minolta film camera

 

 

Another herd

Sunderland is a working dock, so had to put up with the crane in the background, but still cool to see all the ships parked up together.

It was also fun to watch the trainees being put through their paces

Bottoms up

Couldn’t resist a zoom

on the ropes

 

Figurehead and hair, and boobs and everything.

Figureheads were predominant between the 16th and 20th centuries. In the 17th to the 18th centuries, the carved subjects of figureheads varied from representations of saints to patriotic emblems such as the unicorns or lions popular on English ships. When the ship was named after a royal or naval personage the head and bust of the individual might be shown.

Crowned lion figurehead- also note the carved figures up the side of the ship.

The Santa Maria Manuela is a Portuguese four mast lugger. Originally a fishing ship of the Portuguese White Fleet, Santa Maria Manuela is now used as a sea training and cruise ship, belonging to Grupo JerĂłnimo Martins.

 

side on view was amazing walking up to her, (another fom the Minolta with kodak portra 400 film)

Ummm is something missing?

 

Lord Nelson is one of only two tall ships in the world designed so they can be sailed by a crew with widely varied physical abilities.

Every aspect of shipboard life is available to all, from setting the sails, going aloft and helming the ship.

Stay tooned landlubbers, more of the day to come.